In Rockford IceHogs' 14-year history, home-game attendance is in the millions. The two-millionth fan walked through the BMO Harris Bank Center doors Friday night and leaves with more than just the title.
Beloit resident and long-time IceHogs follwer Rachael Williams scored some great prizes tonight surrounded by her own fans, her family of five.
"I was just speechless, I started crying because it'll be exciting for our family." -she says, after her Section 217 Row DD Seat 4 was called.
She's not the only one with that reaction. Before the announcement, up for grabs were IceHogs season tickets for the rest of this season as well as the next two seasons; Blackhawks tickets for two select games, a personal parking spot next to the BMO Harris Bank Center until 2015, a chance to meet the IceHogs as well as get autographs and a personalized '2 Million' IceHogs jersey.
"I'd probably cry at first cause for the next two years that's a pretty great deal." -says 14-year-old fan Savannah Giddings.
Dan Morgan says to win, "That'd be special it really would be, being a fan and coming to the games as often as we do and going to Blackhawks games that'd be really big."
The original prize were pairs of season tickets and tickets to the Blackhawks games. Arena employees say since there's five people in Rachael's family, the Williams find out Monday if they all get to go.
IceHogs supporters aren't just celebrating the two-million milestone. Attendance is up 12% from last season. The team averaged 5,000 people per game in December. Fans call this a proud moment for Rockford.
"People can see that this is still a cool game here. The Blackhawks are awesome, we all love the Blackhawks but the IceHogs, they put on a good show and they're a great team." -says fan Brian Ferlauto.
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